Food as Medicine
In Ayurveda, food is one of the key components of restoring and maintaining balance to your body and mind – which is why it’s considered medicine. Find out how to use food to help gain and maintain balance to your unique mind-body type.
THE GATEWAY TO YOUR INNER PHARMACY
Food as medicine
Did you know that almost 99% of the cells in our body are made up of the food we eat? For instance, once we consume a banana it literally becomes us. Food is our fundamental building block. And what we eat has just as big an impact on our mind as it does on our physical body.
In Ayurveda, food is one of the key components of restoring and maintaining balance to your body and mind – which is why it’s considered as medicine.
From an Ayurvedic perspective, ideal nutrition includes a variety of foods and that are prepared and eaten with awareness, digested properly, and eliminated effectively.
However, a unique aspect of Ayurveda is the emphasis it places not just on the nutrients of different foods, but on how these play out as different tastes – which are based on the five elements.
How many tastes as you familiar with? And what tastes or flavours do you find you gravitate towards?
In Ayurveda six tastes are recognised including: Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent.
The six tastes are the codes of information that inform our nervous system about a meals nutritional content. And each taste has a function which is why it’s so important for us to eat a wide variety of foods and flavours to maintain balance and wellbeing.
Nature in her infinite wisdom, has packaged all foods into these tastes as a way to inform us about each foods influence on our mind and body.
six tastes and the doshas
Tastes to balance your mind-body type
If you have completed the survey to find out your dosha, you will have gained insights as to your unique mind-body type. You will have also discovered that certain flavours can help restore balance if you’re showing some of the signs of an imbalance.
For instance, if you are predominately Vata, favouring Sweet, Sour and Salty tastes is recommended. These tastes consist of primarily water, earth and fire elements. This will help to ground and nurture Vata imbalances such as feeling anxious or scattered as a result of an overabundance of ether and air elements in your body-mind.
If you’ve discovered that you are predominantly Pitta, favouring Sweet, Bitter and Astringent tastes is recommended. These tastes include all of the elements aside from fire, which helps to ‘cool down’ Pitta imbalances associated with an overabundance of fire.
And if you are predominantly Kapha, favouring Bitter, Astringent and Pungent tastes is recommended. These tastes primarily consist of air and ether, plus a little fire and earth, to balance feelings of heaviness, sluggishness or congestion associated with an overabundance of the water and earth elements in your body-mind.
While Ayurveda recommends incorporating all of the six tastes into every meal, try favouring the foods and tastes that help to balance your mind-body type and see how you feel.
STAGES OF NOURISHMENT
Ingest . Digest . Eliminate
From an Ayurvedic perspective, to create a healthy body-mind, our food must be nourishing (and include all six tastes), our digestive power strong and our elimination efficient.
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